FAQ's for Forensic Nursing

What is Forensic Nursing?

A forensic nurse is a registered nurse with specialized training in collection of evidence, injury identification, detailed documentation, expert witness testimony in court, and consultation with investigative agencies.

Our forensic nurses take a gentle, holistic, and respectful approach to patients. The forensic unit is separate from the Emergency Department to maintain the privacy and dignity of our patients. Our staff can take a detailed patient history, conduct an exam and collect evidence, test for sexually transmitted disease, administer prophylactic treatment, and provide pregnancy testing. Based on the exam results, a forensic nurse can help you get the right treatment and support. Assistance can include health services, a follow up with investigative agencies and pediatricians, and an expert court testimony. Emphasizing continuity of care, our forensic nurses provide case management to their patients, maintaining the relationship created during intake.

What services are offered?

  • Child Abuse
  • Sexual Assault
  • Elder Abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Work place violence

How do I contact the Forensic Team?

The forensic nurses can be reached through the Emergency Department at 804/281-8184 or at 804/281-8574 during normal business hours. 

What do I need to bring?

Any clothes worn during or shortly after the event. Please keep in a paper bag.

Do I need to report to police?

  • No
  • If you do not wish to report to police at this time a BLIND kit can be collected. The kit will not identify you as a patient. You will have access to your kit number if you wish to file a police report at a later time.

How long will it take?

 It depends on the details of the case. A case can take anywhere from 1 to 6 hours to complete. 

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